INTRODUCTION: More than 120,000 demonstrators were detained across India on Monday (25 May) as people took to the streets to protest at rising prices and deteriorating law and order.
GV Demonstrators with flags and banners march down street chanting and handing out leaflets. (2 SHOTS)
SV Police cordon watches demonstration.
SV Police trying to control crowd.
SV Arrested demonstrators put on police bus. (2 SHOTS)
SV Mr. A.B. Vajpayee sitting in bus.
GV Buses move off (2 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: More than 120,000 demonstrators were detained across India on Monday (25 May) as people took to the streets to protest at rising prices and deteriorating law and order.
SYNOPSIS: In New Delhi, a large crowd of opposition Bharatiya Janata Party supporters and workers, including their leader, former Foreign Minister A.B. Vajpayee, attempted to march to Parliament House. Police were on hand control the demonstration.
Delhi police deployed 10 companies of men along the route and at Connaught Park, where Mr. Vajpayee told the crowd he would continue the fight against what he termed the failure of Mrs. Gandhi's Congress Party to bring down prices and improve law and order.
Mr. Vajpayee also accused the government of corruption and exploitation. As he and his followers attempted to march to Parliament House, the police began making their arrests. The demonstrators were bundled onto government buses and taken to detention centres, but most were later released.
Mr. Vajpayee was arrested along with more than 2000 others. And in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, police arrested former Information Minister Lal Advani. There were more arrests all over India as demonstrations took place in various places. In a week of protests in Delhi alone more than 400 people were arrested.